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Feb 26, 2012 04:58 PM

London Restaurants for Single Women

I'll be visiting London for three nights in April (Fri, Sat, Sun). I'm looking for dinner suggestions as well as pubs/wine bars/cocktail spots where I'll feel comfortable as a single woman. I've travelled alone a lot and am generally comfortable eating and drinking alone--I'm just looking for pubs/bars where I won't feel like a lone gazelle at the watering hole and restaurants where they don't sneer at parties of one.
I"m staying in Bloomsbury. Ideally I'm looking for one blow-out dinner, and a couple smaller, more casual places.

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  1. Barrafina, over in Soho -- great tapas with seating at one long bar (actually 2 sides of a square) only. Fresh grilled seafood a specialty.

    1. As a general point, London is so used to the business traveller that solo dining isnt generally an issue.

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      1. re: Harters

        Good to know. I have dined all over the world, solo at times. I have no problem with walking into the fanciest of the restaurants in NYC, and other big Westernized cities- with no magazine in hand! I realized quickly in Asian countries it was a big cultural no no. Glad to hear London will be comfortable for solo female diners.

      2. I'd say places where you can sit at the bar can be good, you can take a book or magazine, or chat to the staff, so Spuntino, Barrafina, Jose, Arbutus or Wild Honey would all be good. Perhaps avoid some of the hotel bars as a few of them get frequented by and their 'nieces' but I'd be comfortable on my own in most pubs.

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        1. re: pj26

          Have eaten on my own at both Jose, in the daytime and Spuntino at night and felt very comfortable. Staff friendly in both places. Counter seating at both.

        2. The evocatively named 'Indian Veg Bhelpoori House' on 92-93 Chapel Market, serving very simple and fresh veggie dishes, a choice of white or brown rice, some crunchie fried stuff and salads, all in a buffet stylee under £5. I've been going there for years, it's always populated with a variety of customers, some alone, and i've never had that awkward 'eating by myself' feeling in there. Plus, tasty!

          1. There are some places worth checking on london-eating's Solo Dining and Eating At The Bar lists:


            You might like to eat at the bar at Salt Yard, not far from Bloomsbury - great wine, charcuterie and modern Spanish / Modern European tapas-sized dishes. Nearby, you can eat well at Yoisho, a little Japanese izakaya.

            London is very accomodating to solo travellers - places like Bob Bob Ricard even have tables designed for one person.

            You might also consider a wander around Borough Market where you can eat lovely local street food on the go, or dine at Elliots (a lovely bistro/cafe where they cook seasonal dishes using ingredients from the market) or have some tapas at Jose on Bermondsey St. (Room for solo diners at the window seats and bar).

            Please report back on where you end up!

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